Buffy Sainte-Marie

A powerful, intimate look at the life and music of beloved folk icon and activist Buffy Sainte- Marie.

Andrea Warner

Folk hero. Songwriter icon. Living legend. Buffy Sainte-Marie is all of these things and more. In this, Sainte-Marie's first and only authorized biography, music critic Andrea Warner draws from more than 60 hours of exclusive interviews to offer a powerful, intimate look at the life of the beloved artist and everything that she has accomplished in her 77 years (and counting).

Since her groundbreaking debut, 1964's It's My Way!, the Cree singer-songwriter has been a trailblazer and a tireless advocate for Indigenous rights and freedoms, an innovative artist and a disruptor of the status quo. Establishing herself among the ranks of folk greats such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, she has released more than 20 albums, survived being blacklisted by two U.S. presidents and received countless accolades, including the only Academy Award ever to be won by a First Nations artist. But this biography does more than celebrate Sainte-Marie's unparalleled talent as a songwriter and entertainer; packed with insight and knowledge, it offers an unflinchingly honest, heartbreakingly real portrait of the woman herself, including the challenges she experienced on the periphery of showbiz, her healing from the trauma of childhood and intimate partner violence, her commitment to activism and her leadership in the protest movement. (From Greystone Books Ltd.)


Andrea Warner says Buffy Sainte-Marie has remained true to herself for half a century, as a musician and a defender of Indigenous people. 9:25
Buffy Sainte-Marie and her official biographer Andrea Warner talk about collaborating on the Canadian folk icon's only authorized biography. 23:18
Buffy Sainte-Marie's career has spanned many styles of music and many different media. She's been an activist and a teacher as well as an artist, and she's been blacklisted by two American presidents. Andrea Warner's new authorised biography of Sainte-Marie tells the whole story. 16:06

About Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie discusses her songwriting style in this 1994 interview with Adrienne Clarkson. 0:53
Buffy Sainte-Marie offers candid advice for young musicians. 1:00